If you’ve read much about “alternative medicine,” you may have run across discussion of something called “ozone therapy.” But what’s that?
The word “ozone” might make you think of pollution. We’ve all heard of the “hole” in the ozone layer caused by CFCs and other toxins. Maybe you’ve read that ozone is found in smog or know a little about its industrial uses, many of which tap into ozone’s disinfecting properties (including use as a pesticide, bacteriacide and fungicide).
Ozone also has a significant history in medical treatment, as well. According to Dr. K.W. Donsback,
Ozone therapy was used medically by Nikola Tesla in 1900. It has been in continual use for over 50 years in Europe and the USA, but due to our legal pressures, ozone is presently only widely used [as an orthodox treatment in Germany, Russia and Cuba]. When the proper protocols are followed, ozone has been proven effective in the treatment and possibly the elimination of over 40 common diseases.
Ozone therapies are among the safest therapies ever used. One European study of over 5.5 million treatments showed a side effect rate of .0007%, probably among the lowest of any therapy known. Side effects (like fever and weakness) are minor and temporary.
Ozone therapy also has a place in dental practice, although its use remains uncommon here in the US, owing to opposition from the dental/medical establishment. Among those dentists who do use it for oral healing and health, there are five main applications :
- Ozonated water may be used as a gargle or rinse to treat oral abscesses, gum problems, sore throats and ulcerations. It may also be used for irrigation.
- Ozone gas may be used as a preventive measure against tooth decay and periodontal disease.This is done by fitting a custom tray over the patient’s teeth and gums, and letting ozone into the tray for a short while.
- Teeth that might otherwise be subject to a root canal or extraction may be treated by washing an exposed nerve first with ozonated water, then with ozone gas.
- Ozone may be used as a disinfectant before a root canal or restorative dentistry is done. Ozonated water and gas can get through the walls of the tiny dentinal tubules, killing harmful bacteria that have taken up residence in these hard-to-reach, hard-to-clean places.
- Temporomandibular joint pain may be treated with ozone, where gas injected right into the TMJ can kill harmful microbes, as well as reduce inflammation and spur the growth of new cartilage.
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